Gear Reviews


Rambling Review: Jim Matthews Signature Quail Calls

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Rambling Review Why: Since I’ve moved to Arizona, I’ve been hunting Gambel’s quail without a dog. On the rare occasion, I can meet up with a buddy who has a dog, but most of my hunts are on my own. I’ve found that Gambel’s are very huntable due to how vocal they are, between their clucks, […]

Rambling Review: Coleman Fyrechampion Hyperflame Stove

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Rambling Review: Coleman Fyrechampion Hyperflame Stove Why: Although many times I’m looking for the lightest equipment for backpacking into the backcountry, there are plenty of times where I’m truck camping and space and weight are not an issue. When it comes to stoves, I have several compact camp stoves that are ideal for those backpacking trips […]

Rambling Review: GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Percolator

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Rambling Review: GSI Glacier Stainless Percolator Why: Regular readers of this blog know that I take my morning cup of coffee fairly seriously. At home I have a pretty standard French press routine, but I mix it up when I’m in the field depending on how much time, space, and weight I have. I’ve found that […]

Rambling Review – Stanley Gear for Fall

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I’ve had some pretty cool opportunities lately to check out some gear from Stanley. Several have really stood out to me over the past few weeks. The first is the Stanley Growler, I had reviewed a growler from another company a while back, and although it was an awesome product, the Stanley Growler had two features […]

Rambling Review – Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System

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Rambling Review: Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System Why: I’ve always struggled to get a hair popping edge on a blade, and I have run through several different  sharpening systems.  The Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System is the real deal and has taken my edge sharpening to the next level. First impressions: What’s included –  6” coarse […]

Rambling Review: Stanley Adventure Cooler

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Rambling Review –Stanley Adventure Cooler – 16 Qt. Why: Where I live, normal temps in the summer can reach 115 degrees. In Arizona, coolers are not optional; they are a necessity. Enter the 16 Quart Stanley Adventure Cooler.   First impressions: The Lifetime Warranty – Pretty self-explanatory. I love warranties. Dimensions – The Stanley Adventure […]

Agua Fria Alchemy Bamboo

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Last summer I commissioned my friend and local bamboo rod builder, Mike Johnson, owner of Agua Fria Alchemy, to build me a rod. I’d been pinching the pennies I made from tying flies and finally saved up enough to get the ball rolling. After talking with Mike for quite a while about bamboo and casting/fishing […]